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lay a wager

1. To make a bet. A: "There's no doubt in my mind that my team will beat yours in the championship!" B: "Oh yeah? Care to lay a wager on that?"
2. To be completely sure of something. I'd lay a wager that Jeremy tries to skip out on paying me back for dinner.
See also: lay, wager

lay odds

1. To offer a bet with favorable odds to other bettors. Bookmakers are laying odds that the company's new smartphone outsells its competitors 2:1.
2. To assert complete certainty about something. I'll lay odds that Jeremy tries to skip out on paying me back for dinner.
See also: lay, odds

wager (someone) a pound to a penny

To be convinced that something is very probable or likely (to happen or be the case). Primarily heard in UK. I've been hearing about layoffs and pay cuts for a while now, but I wager you a pound to a penny that none of the executives see a drop in their salaries. I'd wager a pound to a penny this issue was caused by a computer virus someone accidentally downloaded.
See also: penny, pound, wager

wager on someone or something

to bet on someone or something. I wouldn't want to wager on the outcome. I'll wager on Bill, the fastest runner in town.
See also: on, wager

wager something on someone or something

to bet a certain amount of money on someone or something. I'll wager twenty bucks on you. I would never wager anything on that horse!
See also: on, wager

lay a wager

see under lay odds.
See also: lay, wager

lay odds

Make a bet on terms favorable to the other party, as in I'll lay odds that it will rain before the week is out. [c. 1600] The closely related lay a wager means "make a bet," as in He laid a wager that Don would be late. [c. 1300]
See also: lay, odds

lay (or give) odds

1 offer a bet with odds favourable to the other person betting. 2 be very sure about something.
The opposite of lay odds in sense 1 is take odds which means ‘offer a bet with odds unfavourable to the other person betting’.
See also: lay, odds

wager on

v.
1. To place a wager of some amount on some event: I wagered $10 on the first race of the evening.
2. To place a wager of some amount on some participant in an event: I wagered $10 on the Detroit Tigers.
3. To place a wager or bet on some event: I wagered on the last race of the evening but lost.
4. To place a wager or bet on some participant in an event: I wagered on the Chicago Bears and doubled my money.
5. To expect or feel sure that something will happen: You can wager on Chris being late to the meeting.
See also: on, wager
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In addition to live horseracing, TVG features commentary, interviews, in-depth race analysis, handicapping and wagering tutorials, and originally produced programming for racing's major events.
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Through its website, Youbet offers members commingled track pools, live audio/video, up-to-the-minute track information, real-time wagering information, phone wagering, race replays, simultaneous multi-race viewing and value-added handicapping products.
To present its domestic coverage of ATR, TVG will extend its daily live programming and wagering operations by three hours to showcase live racing from such venerable racecourse as Ascot and Doncaster as well as the U.
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As part of the agreement, Youbet is the official account wagering company for Harrah's Louisiana Downs and presenting sponsor of Super Derby Day.
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For customers who like to track their wagering history, WagerPadPro(TM) sorts wagers by track and race and displays cumulative wagers -- by track or by race -- for the day.
With more than 20 years of general management, sales, distribution and incentive marketing experience, Levenick will oversee programs aimed at growing Youbet's consumer advanced deposit wagering (ADW) franchise and expanding sales of technology-based products and content distribution services to tracks and other potential business partners.
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